Tourism Minister for unbiased sound and light show

Rs three crore, land near Delhi Gate alloted for the purpose

Tourism Minister R V Deshpande said, the proposed sound and light show should depict the history of the town without bias, and care should be taken to make it non-controversial.

He was inspecting the site proposed for the show here, on Monday. Film director T S Nagabharana said, the history of the town from the ninth century till 1799, when it fell into the hands of the British, would be presented in a span of 30 to 40 minutes. For the show, the government has earmarked Rs three crore and has alloted two acres of land near the Delhi Gate in the town.

Former president of the Town Municipal Council (TMC) K Balaram said, apart from Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, Hoysala, Vijayanagara and Wadiyar kings have ruled from the town and so they should be given their due.

Congress leader S L Lingaraju urged the Minister to direct the officials concerned not to block the Delhi Gate of the fort, which is in use for the past 300 years, as the show begins only after 6 pm. The people can use it during the day, he said.

People residing in houses surrounding the Delhi Gate submitted a memorandum to the Minister, urging him not to displace them in the name of showcasing the history of the place. Even councillors voiced their concern over the issue, pointing out that the Archeological department officials have been surveying the fort area often.

Deshpande assured them that nobody would be displaced. Deputy Commissioner B N Krishnaiah, Assistant Commissioner B Vani, Tahsildar Shivanandamurthy and TMC Chief Officer M Rajanna were present.

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